2016 Jul 09     
2 Bit Thugs

A 'less is more' approach means these three cuts could fit nicely into a range of sets

Another fine release from the Krafted stable here, this time coming in the form of a three-track release on EJ Underground.

First up is the Original Mix of Galera, a brooding deep house number with an almost dub bassline, bell chimes, pads, vocal samples and a simple but effective synth line which carries you along nicely, cocooned in this fine piece of electronica. Next comes the title track, which has another simple synth line, muted sirens to add tension and vocoded vocal lines that are barely audible in the mix. There are also breathy vocal stabs that sound more like instrumentation than an actual voice, and a breakdown where the synth is soloed with the breathy vocals and added whooshing sounds, but all done discreetly which fits the track’s minimal ethos perfectly.

Finally we have Handa, which starts with a minimal funky bassline and a swung drum pattern and builds with the addition of claps, a synth melody and atmospheric sounds to a breakdown with a spoken countdown saying "Three, two, one, yeah!". The track has a pleasant ambience as do all three and the old adage of ‘less is more’ fits the bill perfectly with this release.

I don't have a favourite, as all three would be useful tracks as builders or pacifiers and could be played in many a situation, be it a pool or terrace party or in a heaving club as a moment to catch your breath. All three will be going straight on my USB stick and I suspect will make an appearance in many a set over the summer months.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 29 July (Traxsource) / 12 August (general release)



Review Score: 8




Tags: Andy Gossi, EJ Underground, Krafted Music Group, deep house, tech house